Everton finally gets their summer transfer business off the ground under new boss Rafa Benitez with Andros Townsend arriving at Goodison Park on a free transfer.
Townsend spent the last five seasons at Crystal Palace, where his deal was allowed to run down after the end of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign, and will now reunite Benitez on the blue half of Merseyside.
“Rafa is very experienced. He does a lot of work on the tactical side on the training pitch, he leaves no stone unturned. But more importantly, he’s a great man, a great man-manager, and he’s always talking to you. I’m sure he will be very successful here.”
The 16-times capped England international worked under the Spaniard at Newcastle on loan in the second half of the 2015-2016 campaign before he left Tottenham for Crystal Palace the following summer.
Townsend and the Toffees agreed on a two-year contract, with the 30-year-old making Everton the thirteenth club he has featured for across a career that dates back to 2009.
Everton has hardly been able to call upon consistency in wide areas of late, a notion that makes the move a potential swan song for Townsend. Apart from Richarlison – a player who has often been used as a center-forward – the Toffees lack consistent quality out wide. Neither Alex Iwobi nor Bernard have done enough to convince under the previous regime, and big expectations are likely to not be placed on youngster Anthony Gordon. There is real scope to suggest that Benitez, having worked with Townsend previously, could call upon the Leytonstone-native to log considerable minutes in the upcoming 2021-22 Premier League campaign.
The England winger had nothing but positive things to say in the wake of completing his deal with the Goodison Park outfit as well;
“I think everyone knows what Everton is. It’s a massive football club, it’s very ambitious, a club which has been trying to get back to where it belongs into Europe and beyond.
“I’ll be doing all I can to help the Club do that. Everton is a massive football club and has big ambitions next season. As the old cliché goes, it was a no-brainer.”
Despite his age, the stature of the club was clearly too big to turn down in what could be a massive opportunity for a player who more was expected from over the years.